So what constitutes iconic furniture? Hard to say, because popularity of a piece cycles, but it can be said iconic furniture has that lasting quality design. Many furniture pieces designed and produced in the last century will soon be considered antiques. What many consider modern design was first introduced in the early 21st century.
One of the oldest of popular furniture design is the Louis XVl chair. Remarkably it’s design frame has remained almost identical to the original. It’s last update came in 2002 when the Ghost chair was produced. Of course a lot of design development has come from technological advances.
Some of the oldest iconic pieces has evolved through the years. The wing back chair has seen many versions of itself. Much loved for it’s comfort and original “winged” sides where designed to keep drafts away. Today’s wing chair versions are more streamlined while maintaining it’s comfort quality.
Eileen Gray designed the first adjustable chrome side table that looks as good today as it did back in 1927 when it was introduced. Looking at Noguchi coffee table with it’s free form organic shape you would think it’s a recent design, but it’s design dates back to 1948. The Arco floor lamp is form and function combined making it easy to place almost anywhere ambient light is needed.
Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe created many pieces of furniture that occupied the office towers he designed. One of the most popular of all iconic furniture is the Barcelona chair. He went on to design other pieces such as the Barcelona bench and the BRNO, which is the quintessential meeting room chair.
At the beginning of this post I mentioned how furniture has it’s trend and popularity cycles. The iconic Bentwood chair, or as often referred to as the Bistro chair is trending up and so is it’s cousin the Wishbone chair. That means soon you will be seeing them just about everywhere.
When you’re looking for iconic industrial design you will likely come across Tolix chairs and stools. These chairs and stools are versatile design, very affordable and available in a variety of colors. If you want to own one of these, know that you will own a Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) inductee, a nice little bonus.
Arne Jacobsen is responsible for some very popular furniture design. Unlike Mies van der Roche, Jacobsen’s design is fluid and curvilinear shaped. The Series 7 stackable chair was the first ever pressure bent chair of it’s kind making it the most iconic chair design.
Charles and Ray Eames started experimenting with design techniques in the 1940’s. They designed what is probably the second most popular chair ever made. The iconic chair is made of pressure molded plastic. They are also responsible for the iconic Eames lounge chair.
I hope you have found a favorite amongst these iconic furniture pieces and that adding any one of them will add a touch of history and sophistication to any decor.